Council wants firm action over viral photo of altered signboard

The ‘no dumping’ notice board erected by MDKS at Jalan Melur 1 in Bandar Saujana Utama (right) had been digitally altered to mock enforcement personnel (left).

Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS) has had it with irresponsible parties who are continuing to mock its enforcement officers by spreading digitally altered images of a “no dumping” signboard placed in Bandar Saujana Utama five years ago.

“We have made a complaint to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) so that stern action can be taken against the perpetrators who are still spreading the fake picture, ” said MDKS president Rahilah Rahmat.

The spreading of false information is an offence under the law, including Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 and carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a jail term not exceeding one year or both.

The signboard was originally erected by MDKS to discourage illegal dumping at Jalan Melur 1 when it became a hotspot for fly-tipping.

It warned potential offenders that the area was being monitored by council enforcement officers in plain clothes.

The council discovered that a digitally altered version of the said signboard had turned the sentence “Tidak berpakaian seragam” (meaning not wearing uniform) to “Tidak berpakaian” (meaning undressed).

“We came to know of this digitally altered image on June 24,2015, and a statement was issued by the then MDKS secretary Azahari Sairin who urged for stern action to be taken against the parties responsible for the digital alteration and posting them on social media, ” said Rahilah.

However, this has not deterred irresponsible parties from posting the digitally altered image on social media again this year, prompting the council to pursue the case with MCMC to trace the offenders.

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